Shark attacks at all-time high

Massachusetts makes the list along with Florida's 26 confirmed attacks in 2012
The swimmer who was attacked off Truro last July got us on the annual shark attack list for 2012. Screen capture from Huffington Post video.

An incident last July at Truro's Ballston Beach in which a swimmer was bitten by a shark 600 yards off shore, has landed Massachusetts on a new annual list.

The man had his leg wrapped in bandages and was carried from the beach to a waiting ambulance, according to a Huffington Post video.

That swimmer got us on the list

Shark attacks hit a 12-year high in the US last year, with Florida by far the most dangerous state to go for an ocean swim.

The International Shark Attack File survey reports that America leads the world in shark attacks with the 53 attacks in 2012 equaling the number in 2000, and well up from 2011, when there were 31 attacks.

Florida again had nearly half of the unprovoked attacks in the United States. The total of 26 Florida bites was similar to the 2001-2010 decade's yearly average of 23. Additional U.S. attacks were recorded in Hawaii (10), California (5), South Carolina (5), North Carolina (2), and Georgia, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon and Puerto Rico (one each).

In our case, a man was bitten by a great white shark in mid-2012 along the shoreline in Truro, with an increase in the seal population behind increased shark sightings, including great whites.

After the rescue Brian Davis of the Truro Fire Department said, "I guess he tried to kick the animal off. I've never seen bites like that."

The attack last summer helped our tourism industry as thousands came down to look for sharks.

Making this list will help tourism here again this year.

Read the International Shark Attack File survey report here


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